Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Guest post: For the Love of Covers by P.T. Michelle + Giveaway

Today I am happy to cede the blog to an author who will be talking about a topic I am quite passionate about: book covers! When I first saw the cover of P.T. Michelle's new YA release BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS I just stared at it, I mean, isn't it stunning! I loved the contrast of darkness and light, black and red, and the misty forest! A truly evocative and beautiful cover. But so you get an idea about how it came to be, read on as P.T. Michelle tells you the story behind the cover.

I've been writing in adult romantic fiction since 2003, and for the most part I've been very lucky with my book covers. There were a few covers where I would've tweaked some parts if I'd been given the option to. Authors of NY published books (and even small presses) might have an opportunity to provide some initial input as to what they think their cover should look like, but that is where their control ends. We don't usually have the final say on the cover. The publisher's marketing department does. I don't know about you, but as I reader I love it when the cover matches the story perfectly. That's why I was SO excited that I would have 100% input for the cover for my Young Adult book, BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS.

I literally spent hours looking for the right photos for my cover, and then spent several more hours creating a "mock cover" to send to a cover artist so she'd understand the vision I had for my cover. For once, I had total control of the image that would represent my book and I LOVED it!

I wanted my cover to convey the dark, creepy aspects of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, but I also wanted the cover to reflect the "light" that shines through in the story, while hinting at the romantic aspect as well.

Here's the mock-up cover I created to send to the cover artist:

And then the cover artist did what she does best. She took my concept and used mad graphic designer skillz to make it the best it could be:

I couldn't have been happier with how the cover for BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS turned out.

What do you notice first about a cover? Do you notice the colors? Do you focus on the central image? Or do you see the cover from an overall perspective, instantly taking in the "feeling" the cover conveys about the story?

I'll be giving away one eBook copy of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, so share your thoughts in the comments about book covers!

Best of luck!



P.T. generously offered an ebook copy of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS to a lucky commenter.

All you have to do is

1) answer P.T.'s question (in red above), and
2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 21 October 2011!

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